Sunday, August 30, 2009

Today's Flowers - August 30

Birth of a Sunflower

This volunteer sunflower appeared in one of my newly created flower beds, most likely from bird seed which found its way there. Insofar as I can remember, this is the first sunflower I have ever had on my property in the twenty years I've lived here, and I've watched the plant grow from seedling to about three and one-half feet tall. Now it's bearing this almost-ready-to-open flower.





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26 comments:

Hilary said...

I love the term volunteer sunflower. How lovely of your birds to give you with this.

Wanda said...

I had several sunflowers come up in planters on our back deck...some seeds were dropped by birds and also some deposited there by chipmunks. They bloomed and provided snacks for the Goldfinch and chickadees...like a circle of life!

Ebie said...

This is a great shot of your volunteer sunflower. It is just opening its eye to see the world!
Ebie's Flowers

Lui said...

Oh how exciting to see the flower when it is about to open! My dog Bogart barked when he saw it!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Isn't that pretty, Pat??? I love seeing the flowers work their magic. Our roses start as little tiny buds--and look what they turn into. WOW!!!1

Hugs,
Betsy

Carletta said...

Great composition! I love the little yellow petal just beginning to burst forth. Maybe next week you'll show us the opened bloom. :)

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Very nice looking bud. It has an air of anticipation about it.

Snap said...

I do love sunflowers, but haven't tried growing any. A volunteer would be nice! Perhaps I can talk a squirrel into sharing? !!!!! ?

Regina said...

Awesome!

Gunilla said...

Great shot of that beautiful flower . Soon it will open like a sun.Thankf for sharing.

Gunilla in Sweden

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sunflowers are so cheerful, all the more so if they are volunteers. ;-)

Joanna said...

Very sweet image. I also have a volunteer sunflower that has produced over a dozen flowers already on one stem and more to come. It's miraculous.

JunieRose2005 said...

Very cool!!

I have had them come up like that and always let them grow where ever they happen to be! :)


Junie

i beati said...

a wondrous sight to behold

NitWit1 said...

Oh I love that Macro. It's been years since I've seen a volunteer sunflower. I should feed birds and a few seeds might sprout.

I found my little Canon A1000IS can get closes 1-5" thsn my Nikon zoom (about 19")

Played with it some last night.

My World said...

what a love volunteer sunflower, so pretty...

storyteller said...

I wish some sunflowers would volunteer in MY yard they way they've done in yours ... and in my neighbor's. She thinks some of the bird seed might have taken hold. I shared some evolving sunflowers a while back in a mosaic at Small Reflections, but today I share my Just Joey roses in bloom at Sacred Ruminations.
Hugs and blessings,

Nance said...

a new born! lol. lovely shot!

Pat said...

Great shot! It lookds like its fighting to get out.

SandyCarlson said...

Oh, that is beautiful. I like this very much.

Jackie said...

The birds at Mama's and Daddy's house make sure that sunflowers are scattered everywhere!!
They are so pretty.
Nice job on your photo...
Smiles,
Jackie

Arija said...

I would call that a Godsend just to let you enjoy the wonder of the development of a single plant without the distraction of a whole army.

mimi said...

how wonderful to see sunflower bloom. pretty post.

Tulip said...

how beautiful it is to witness how it blooms.

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Arkansas Patti said...

I just love all volunteer plants and have to smile at them. They really want to survive and go forth.

Moannie said...

What a lovely idea to picture the sunflower before it opens. I love it.